Alan Watts

1915 - 1973

A Quote by Alan Watts on present, future, gain, and the game

What we see as death, empty space, or nothingness is only
the trough between the crests of this endlessly waving ocean. It is all part of
the illusion that there should seem to be something to be gained in the future,
and that there is an urgent necessity to go on and on until we get it. Yet just
as there is no time but the present, and no one except the all-and-everything,
there is never anything to be gained--though the zest of the game is to pretend
there is.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Vintage), Pages: 131

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A Quote by Alan Watts on world, ego, alan watts, and the book

We do not "come into" into this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Vintage), Pages: 9

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A Quote by Alan Watts

Your soul isn't in your body; your body is in your soul.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on self

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It is obvious that the only interesting people are interested people, and to be completely interested is to have forgotten about "I".  

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: The Wisdom of Insecurity (Vintage)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on alan watts, the book, nature, self, environment, bodies, skin, interdependence, and life

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Vintage), Pages: 9..10

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A Quote by Alan Watts

The only Zen you'll find on mountain tops
is the Zen you bring up there with you.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on connection, connecting, relationship, relationships, and soul

 As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: http://www.famous-quotes-and-inspirational-quotes.com/quotations/context-quotes.htm

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A Quote by Alan Watts on connect, connection, connecting, connect, relationship, and relationships

 You didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: http://www.famous-quotes-and-inspirational-quotes.com/quotations/context-quotes.htm

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A Quote by Alan Watts on convention

To be free from convention is not to spurn it but not to be deceived by it.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: The Way of Zen (Vintage Spiritual Classics)

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